Topsail Island is located along the southeastern coast of North Carolina, just south of Emerald Isle and Bogue Banks. The 26-mile long barrier island is home to some of the most beautiful, white sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters. The area is rich in history and accordingly to popular belief, pirates used the channel between the island and mainland as a hiding spot for their ships as they waited for merchant ships, loaded with goods, to pass. The pirates would attack these merchant ships and claim the goods as their own. Eventually the merchant ships became away of the pirates and began looking for the "top of their sails" before they would pass the area.
Just 45 minutes north of Wilmington, North Carolina, Topsail Island is home to three unique towns. At the northern tip of the island is North Topsail Beach. At the center of the island, you will find Surf City, and finally Topsail Beach at the southern end of the island. The north end of the island lies in Onslow County, while the southern end falls within Pender County. You will find two ways on and off the island. On the North End of the island is a high rise bridge and the second spot is a swing bridge at Surf City.
With all three towns being so unique, we have put together some great information for you about each town and the things to do in and around the area. Learn more about the local fishing spots, great restaurants and shops, plus fun activities for everyone.
North Topsail Beach was incorporated in 1990, making it the newest town on the island. Residents or visitors can access North Topsail by using a modern high rise bridge than spans the Intracoastal Waterway.
You will find miles of beautiful beaches, several modern parks and very little commercial businesses.
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Surf City is centrally located on Topsail Island (our Lewis Realty Associates office is located in Surf City). It is the largest town on Topsail Island and can be accessed by using the quaint, swing bridge.
Most activities on the island can be found along Surf City. You will find several playgrounds, a waterside boardwalk, ethnic restaurants and various shopping centers.
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Incorporated in 1963, Topsail Beach is home to some great history, several small shops and restuarants, as well as one of the local favorite fishing piers.
Along Topsail Beach you will find beach access every few blocks as well as a public owned marina.
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